The Real Madrid forward had not made La Roja’s team for their games during this international break.

Luis Enrique has nothing against Marco Asensio

Spain national team coach Luis Enrique sent a revelatory message to Marco Asensio during Friday’s pre-match press conference. The Real Madrid forward had not made La Roja’s team for their games during this international break. Marco has played twice for Real Madrid so far this season, missing the first two games due to knee swelling, but the Asturian’s words for the Mallorca-born player were telling. “Well, I don’t see Asensio, because he’s not in the lineup,” Luis Enrique responded to a question about Asensio. “I’ve talked about him many times before, but I’m not going to do it while playing. I’ll say hello, I have nothing against him, but now is not the time to talk about him. He’s not playing, let’s talk about Switzerland.

Adama Traore is a special case

Adama Traore attracted a lot of interest from the Spanish perspective. After making his debut for Spain in the friendly against Portugal, the Spain coach spoke about the characteristics of the Wolverhampton Wanderers winger: “He is a special case, explained Luis Enrique. He does not work with weights; it’s true. It’s his genetics. The work is there. But he’s an experienced player, even if he doesn’t look it. And very mature.” He added: “Of course, he is powerful, fast, but Traore protects the ball, he takes care of it… There will be no tactics for the player, but there are nuances in each game’s strategy. The idea and the goal are collective. His profile is not common, that’s true.” One player who gets many people excited is Ansu Fati, but Luis Enrique is eager to go step by step with the Barcelona teenager.

“The first week may have been too large an audience. It’s okay,” said the coach. “He is used to being protected by a good environment. We are clear about this with him and with all the youth. There is a lot of time; they have a whole life to develop. They must be humble to improve from day by day.”